Draugar Vinlands Battle Ready
Viking Boatman's Seax - DV02

Viking Boatman

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Overall Length: 8 1/2'' Blade: 4 7/8''

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Blade:High Carbon Steel
Weight:3.5 oz
Edge: Sharp
Thickness:2.8 mm - 2.7 mm
Width:25.6 mm - 26.1 mm
Grip Length:3 1/2''

Crafted by a Viking reenactor with the Viking reenactor in mind, this seax is designed after historical examples to look like it just came out of the hand of a 9th Century Viking after a day of working in his fishing boat; it is a good knife for cutting rope or nets and for tackling the daily chores of Viking life.

This seax was created by Jarl Ingvar Schildknacker of the Draugar Vinlands reenactment group - he wanted to be able to offer a Viking seax to reenactors with both an appearance and properties similar to originals. There are many custom-crafted, high quality seax available, but their cost often discourages regular use - Jarl Schildknacker wanted a seax that one would not hesitate to use routinely as a working knife.

The blade is of high carbon steel and is of a softer grade of steel - this was intentionally chosen so that the blade would have a quality and properties similar to the iron of the dark ages. A Viking would have had to regularly sharpen his seax to keep its edge, and likewise this seax must not be shy of the whetstone and file to keep its edge over time. Thus the reenactor will be akin to his predecessor in how he uses and maintains his seax.

The grip is of carved red oak with walnut dye to impart an aged-wood appearance. It was finished by being burnished by hand with beeswax and a leather strap.

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